You are kind of making my point for me. Lots of overweight people are beautiful/attractive in all the normative ways, except for their weight — which in and of itself is stigmatized to a far greater degree for women. The model whose picture accompanied this story, for example is conventionally attractive, “if only she were smaller.” Also, we don’t actually know the complete story on weight and health.

“She reiterated something — perhaps the only thing — that epidemiologists who work on this issue can still agree on: “It’s associated. The causality is unclear.” -excerpted from the article that is linked above.

No doubt some overweight people have health problems that are associated but that doesn’t apply to everyone and it’s an ongoing myth that is used to shame larger people. And in case you are wondering, I’m not one of those larger people, defending my inability to conform to gendered sterotypes. As a woman and a human being, I just think it’s about time that we stop stigmatizing and shaming other people.

Dispelling cultural myths with research-driven stories. My favorite word is “specious.” Not fragile like a flower; fragile like a bomb! Twitter @ElleBeau

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